The Arts Accelerator

Applications for the Arts Accelerator are closed for 2019


“The Accelerator program was rigorous, yet fun. It helped me redirect my creative spirit towards entrepreneurship. Not only was I able to be in the company of a cohort of talented artists – from curators, to dancers, to musicians – but all of the facilitators presented highly informative and engaging content. I’ve kept in touch with my cohort and have even collaborated on two shows.”

Maddy Clifford, MADLines


Learn the business side of creative work. Through hands-on classes, group counseling, and individual coaching sessions, learn various aspects of making a business plan for an arts project. The Arts Accelerator culminates with an event in which participants pitch projects to funders and friends.

  • ​$600 for Individuals and Organizations (if applying as an organization, a max of 3 people can participate)
  • $500 for Intersection Members
  • TIP: Individual artists in California may be eligible to apply for CCI’s Quick Grant to cover the cost of this course
What You Get
  • A business model canvas for your art practice/project
  • A cohort of peers
  • Individual art coaching
  • An Open Desk Coworking Membership at Intersection for the duration of the course
  • Confidence and clarity on your goals and values 
  • 3 Sessions boosted by a lab in each session
  • Final Pitch Event here participants pitch projects to friends and funders
  • Sessions and labs are held at Intersection for the Arts
    1446 Market Street, San Francisco, 94102

All sessions and labs take place on Saturdays in 2019

  • Session 1: Oct 5, 2019 // 10am-3pm
  • Lab 1: Oct 19, 2019 // 11am-1pm
  • Session 2: Nov 2, 2019 // 10am-3pm
  • Lab 2: Sat, Nov 23, 2019 // 11am- 1pm
  • Session 3: Dec 7, 2019 // 10am-3pm
  • Lab 3: Dec 14, 2019 // 11am-1pm
  • Final Event 1: Tue, Dec 17, 2019 // 5:30-7pm
Session 1: Get Grounded

Sat, Oct 5, 2019, 10am-3pm

  • Map lifestages on the arts business lifecycle
  • Introduce Business Model Canvas (BMC)
  • Craft and refine mission, vission, values
  • Identify Customer Segments
  • Craft Value Propositions
  • LAB 1: Sat, Oct 19, 2019, 11am-1pm
Lab 1
  • work one-on-one with facilitators and get feedback from cohort members
Session 2: Get Connected

Sat, Nov 2, 2019, 10am-3pm

  • Conduct marketing research
  • Create SWOT analysis
  • Complete Business Model Canvas
Lab 2
  • work one-on-one with facilitators and get feedback from cohort members
Session 3: Get Money

Sat, Dec 7, 2019, 10am-3pm

  • Introduce Revenue Streams and Cost Structure.
  • Activate the business plan: Goals, Objectives, Strategies, & Tactics.
  • Create a compelling pitch for your project.
Lab 3
  • work one-on-one with facilitators and get feedback from cohort members
Final Event: Pitch Your Story

Tue, Dec 17, 2019 // 5:30-7pm

  • Pitch your story to friends and funders.
Meet the Instructors

Yesenia Sanchez


Amy Kweskin

Meet the Alumni

Check out the people and organizations who have invested in their growth.

2016 Cohort

  • Irish American Crossroads Festival
  • Mi Cultura (Moved to Barcelona)
  • Arts Ed Matters
  • Eugenie Chan Theatre Projects
  • Alphabet Rockers
  • Awesome Orchestra Collective
  • Mugumpin
  • Real Time & Space

2017 Cohort

  • Antic in a Drain
  • Chinese Whispers
  • Colored Ink/Lyrical Opposition
  • Embodiment Project
  • Emerging Arts Professionals
  • Jazz in the Neighborhood
  • Strider Patton
  • Quinan Street Project
  • SF Zine Fest
  • 3rd Space Lab Collective

2018 Cohort

    • Klanghaus
    • Maddy Clifford
    • Celeste Chan
    • Matatu
    • Jazz Education Ensemble
    • Bay Area Dance Collective (Khala moved to NYC)
    • Walk Discourse (Moved to NOLA)

“Pushed my practice to the next level”

“The Arts Accelerator gave me the courage I needed to embrace business knowledge as a vehicle that can elevate, strengthen and push my practice to the next level. I learned alongside other visionary and incredibly talented artists, many of whom I remain in contact with. Intersection offers a support setting that understands and focuses on artist’s needs.”

Astrid Kaemmerling, The Walk Discourse